Would you use Siri on your iPad, or is it just a gimmick?

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Today, a rumor was spread across the internet about the new iPad and Siri. Allegedly, when Apple launches iOS 6 later this year, it will add Siri to the new iPad, something that it chose not to do when the iPad 3 launched.

Now, I have an iPhone 4S and I’ve used Siri extensively. At first, it was a really cool piece of software. She was able to do (some of) the things I wanted her to do and the funny things that she would say were genuinely funny. But as time went on, it was apparent to me that Siri is not worth the space that she takes up in your internal storage: she is a gimmick.

The rumor didn’t say anything about any added functionality to the service, either, which is certainly too bad: Siri is considered beta software – and rightfully so, as she needs an internet connection to do anything. What’s the point of lugging around a personal assistant if she can’t do anything every time you lose cell service? This will be even more apparent on the new iPad as some models are WiFi-only. As soon as you head out of your house, you’ll instantly lose her until a WiFi signal registers on the tablet.

I guess I don’t understand why Apple would add Siri this late in the new iPad’s life, especially if she’s still a beta. The iPad is supposed to be Apple’s flagship product and now it seems that it wants to taint that reputation with a piece of incomplete software. I can be fully functional with my iPad right now; I don’t need some robotic voice to help me complete an easy task!

So, time for my question: if you have a new iPad, would you ever use Siri? Let us know by commenting on this post!

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Calob Horton

Calob Horton is an associate editor at Pocketables. He loves all technology, no matter which company it comes from. This unbiased view of the tech world allows him to choose the products that best fit his personal needs and tastes: a Microsoft Surface Pro, a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a third-gen iPad.Google+ | Twitter | More posts by Calob | Subscribe to Calob's posts

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One thought on “Would you use Siri on your iPad, or is it just a gimmick?

  • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

    I would rather have it than not have it, but I don’t foresee it being overly useful. I’ve used the version of the 4S, and it’s not really very good. There’s a reason why I built my own voice assistant, one that works better for me than Siri would, and that’s not going to change even if I were to get it on my iPad 2 (would probably be iPad 3 only anyways)


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